Quick quiz: Where should curtains start and end? If you’re like most of us, you’d say “just above the window, and just below the window”. And you’d be wrong.
Though several generations of Indians have used just enough cloth in their curtains to cover the window, where a curtain starts, and where it ends, often defines the entire room.
Just because a window is small, it doesn’t mean that the curtain can’t become the focal backdrop wall of the room, like this:
Curtains should start at the ceiling and continue to the floor. This makes them a major element in the room’s interiors, and we can use them to full effect, like these:
There’s another reason to have large curtains – Indian houses can be very noisy. Due to our climate, we don’t usually have carpets. We’re not too fond of overstuffed sofas with lots of cushions either. Our flooring tends to be hard material, such as marble, granite or ceramic tiles. This means that all sounds are reflected, very few absorbed – the only acoustically absorbent material we have are our curtains.
Let’s now look at some TripVillas properties and see how their curtains affect the room.
This TripVillas property has a large, thoughtfully done up room. The ceiling band defines the height of the room. The oversized urn again emphasizes the height of the room, and the long dining table (set 3 x 3, not 1-2-1-2) underlines the length of the room. Even the traditional showcase is perfectly sized to work as wall art in the room. The only things that distract from otherwise perfect interiors are the randomly placed clock and art, and the curtain. If you notice, the curtain is the only small thing in the room – everything else is oversized.
By making the curtain here cover the full wall, like in the picture on the right, the room’s interiors would come together and appear truly grand.
In the TripVillas property above (left), we see yet another problem area for Indian houses. If the bedroom has two adjoining walls with windows, then the bed has to have a window at its head. Personally, I like having a window behind the bed – it’s so much easier to read in bed, and the light’s never in your eyes. But having your bed against one window does not mean that you can only use small curtains, as the picture in the middle shows. Do you see the difference it makes having full curtains? The picture on the left shows how a full curtain wall looks, so both options – full curtains over the width of the window, and full curtains over the entire wall – work.
Another issue commonly faced is AC placement. In the TripVillas property on the left, the current placement of the split AC unit would prevent full curtains being put. However, the whole point of split AC is that you can put the room unit wherever you want. The picture on the right is the hall in my house. The AC installers would have preferred to put the AC unit on the facing wall. I had it moved to the wall on the left, so that my curtains can fall freely.
Not all TripVillas properties have problems with their curtains and their ACs. These two rooms below show a well thought out placement of curtains and blinds.
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